posted August 31, 2000 10:19 AM
Fifth Turn for August 31
Limited Lates and 305 Sprints Move Into Full Fall Feature Finale
By Walt Cox
Endurance is critical for an athlete, but it's also the deciding factor
for a racecar when the end of the racing season nears. The car that can
endure and keep on racing without breaking down will win races or finish
better than it did when the season was young and the cars fresh.
So it is for the Stultz & Brown Limited Late Models at Hesston Speedway
with two big, big races remaining. This Saturday the late models run for
35 laps for a money-added Stultz & Brown Special and 50 bonus points
just for showing up. All four of the other regular divisions will also
be in action as the gate opening time moves back to 3:30 with racing by
6:30. This is the final points race of the season and could determine
the season championships in three divisions, as I noted last week.
The following Saturday, Sept. 9, Hesston hosts a late model special
putting both limited late models and full super late models together on
the smooth Hesston half mile track. This is the first time the full
super late models have raced at Hesston since 1995.
The feature for 35 laps pays $1500 to win and $50 to start. The Cars
Unlimited Hobby Stocks and the Metzler four-cylinder pure stocks will be
the support divisions with money added to each of their purses, too,
based on car count. Talk in the pits is that the Stultz & Brown Limited
Lates can add a four-barrel carburetor and keep right up with the big,
expensive late model cars with their big, expensive engines. Rick
Singleton, Dwayne Taneyhill and Jason Covert proved that last Saturday.
This race pays $1500 to win, at least, and $50 to start and the limited
lates will go for 35 laps. That's an endurance test for car and driver.
The rain date for that show is Sept. 16. All that's left after that is
the Seventh Annual Awards Banquet in January, 2001, and tickets will
soon be available at the Hesston Speedway.
Path Valley Racing Continues
As the Hesston season winds down, a full fall of fun features gets
underway this Friday night at Path Valley Speedway Park with the return
of the 305 sprints and the Legends Cars. Both the 305's and the 358
limited late models will be back as Path Valley races into early
October. A complete revised schedule is being posted at the track's
website at www.pathvalley.com.
All four of the regular divisions, the micro sprints, mini stocks,
4-cylinder thunder cars and V8 street stocks race every week, but the
street stocks have been put on probation for two weeks and warned that
if they don't improve the car count from seven or eight and clean up
their act, they will be through.
Sept. 8 the Dwarf Cars return to Path Valley as the special division,
and that's the last chance for the street stocks. The street stocks and
the 305 sprints are not running with the late models the next day at
Hesston, and cars from Lincoln, Susquehanna, Bedford and Hagerstown
could also help save the division.
The 358 limited lates are set for Sept. 15 at Path Valley, along with
the Legends Cars and the 600cc micro sprints, if any show up. The 600
count has averaged two the last couple times they were invited. Path
Valley can complete six features by 11:30, but if the street stocks are
gone by then a five-division feature is likely.
The following Friday the 305 sprints return as the guest division on
Sept. 22, and the 358 limited lates are scheduled back the following
Friday, Sept. 29. At other area tracks big fall spectaculars are
scheduled for the super sprints and super late models, or else they shut
down when high school football begins.
But with racers promoting the track at Path Valley, they want to take
advantage of the fine fall weather we've enjoyed for many seasons now to
get in some quality racing. As the days grow shorter and the nights
cooler, the always-smooth Path Valley clay stays softer and the car
tires get more bite for faster lap times and some great racing.
Big Final Show Oct. 6 and 7
The last stock car races at Path Valley are scheduled for Oct. 6 with
all the regular cars, both the 305 sprints and the 358 limited late
models, and if willing the Legends Cars. This is the final points race
of the season, set as a rain-makeup date since March. If the street
stocks are still racing at Path Valley they will have their regular
feature as a points make-up and a special 30-lap feature open for $700
to win. That race has been rescheduled from Sept. 8 and there is no
requirement now that the cars had run previously at Path Valley.
Saturday, Oct. 7, is Legends Day at Path Valley with a national open
event for the Legends Cars after a full day of fun. The Vintage Car Club
has been invited as the support division for that race. The Legends Cars
are making a weekend of it with dealer offering information and test
rides that day.
A car show is planned for the grandstand side that Saturday featuring
the Vintage racecars, along with classic cars, antique cars and street
rods. Carnival rides will be set up for the kids, and a special cookout
and community flea market is being organized too.
In addition to the Friday night stock cars and sprints at Path Valley,
motorcycles and go karts race there too. The karts have two shows left;
a regular points show on Sept. 2 and a special double show on Sept. 16.
The gates open for the kart races this Saturday at noon.
The double races on Sept. 16 conclude the season with double points for
the fist race and the gates open at 9:30 a.m. The second race is
expected to start about 6 p.m. for regular points. A motor race will
follow the points races for all karts that can make a 340-pound minimum
weight and the winner gets a new Briggs and Stratton. A PDKA rain
make-up for the PDKA is still on the schedule, if needed, for Sept. 17.
The motorcycles will be back three more times at Path Valley for AMA
rules racing. On Sept. 9 the track has scheduled Motorcycle Short Track
and A.H.R.M.A. Regional races. September 23 is another Motorcycle Short
Track race and September 24 features the second Motorcycle TT with gates
open at 10:00 a.m. The TT stands for Tourist Trophy and the race
includes about three-fourths of the circle track with a moto-cross style
addition that includes a jump, horseshoe and sharp right turn.
The final motorcycle race is scheduled for October 14 with both
Motorcycle Short Track and A.M.A. District #7 Regional feature events
While rain may postpone some of these as we get into the hurricane
season, the absolutely final event on the Path Valley schedule is the
annual awards banquet, and tickets will be available at the Sept. 15 and
The Path Valley Awards Banquet will be November 11 at the Pleasant Hall
Fire Co. with doors open at 4 p.m., a hot buffet dinner catered by
Dodies from 4:30 to 6:30 and the awards ceremony from 6:30 to 9 p.m.
This will be a combined awards program for both cars and karts. Music
and dancing by DJ Phantom Shadow will follow the awards.
Replogle Continues Recovery
Flagman John Replogle is still very slowly improving in the Intensive
Care Unit at Conemaugh Memorial Hospital in Johnstown. Doctors still
fight to prevent infection and are gradually weaning him from a
respirator with full hopes that he will breathe on his own this week.
The well known and widely respected Hesston Speedway flagman was
critically injured in a motorcycle accident near his East Freedom home
three weeks ago. In addition to life-threatening head injuries, he
suffered nine broken ribs and he broke one wrist and shattered the other
when a tractor trailer pulled in front of his motorcycle.
Cards and flowers may be sent to John Replogle, Conemaugh Memorial
Medical Center, 1086 Franklin St., Johnstown PA 15905. Replogle now
spends most of his time sleeping as his bruised brain heals itself. When
conscious he seems able to recognize family members. Prayers for his
recovery are appreciated.